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steeplechase

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noun stee·ple·chase \-ˌchās\

Simple Definition of steeplechase

  • : a race in which people riding horses jump over fences, water, etc.

  • : a race in which runners jump over fences and water

Full Definition of steeplechase

  1. 1a :  a horse race across countryb :  a horse race over a closed course with obstacles (as hedges and walls)

  2. 2 :  a footrace of usually 3000 meters over hurdles and a water jump

stee·ple·chas·er play \-ˌchā-sər\ noun
stee·ple·chas·ing play \-siŋ\ noun

Origin of steeplechase

from the use of church steeples as landmarks to guide the riders


First Known Use: 1793



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